Senior high school students have a new resource to help promote awareness of the potential risks of alcohol consumption.
A website known as Out Tonight? Party Right was launched by the NSW Minister for Hospitality, George Souris, along with Ralph Kelly, the father of Thomas who died following an unprovoked attack last year, and teenager Chris Lee who lost an eye and had metal plates inserted in his face following an attack by a group of drunken youths.
“The aim of this online resource is to help young people minimise the risk of alcohol-related harm to them and their friends,” Mr Souris said.
“High school is a time marked by opportunities to celebrate important milestones in a young person’s life, and young people are faced all the time without making personal decisions about using alcohol.”
Out Tonight? Party Right uses a range of teaching resources, videos, games and real-life situations to teach young people about responsible decision-making.
“The idea is for students to get the facts and learn how to have fun safely and responsibly, and while staying on the right side of the law. It gives students the information they need to take care of themselves, as well as what they should do to meet community expectations.”
Mr Kelly said he hopes that it also helps promote cultural change by encouraging senior secondary high school students to question behaviour and common-place perceptions about alcohol use.
The website was developed by a working group of police, local councils, teachers and the alcohol industry.
It contains a range of lessons to increase awareness about alcohol such as binge drinking, sexual activity and alcohol, sport and alcohol, reducing risks associated with alcohol and the social and economic impacts of alcohol.
You can check out the website here.